Elizabeth Ayton Godwin (4 July 1817 – 26 March 1889) was a Victorian era Christian hymn writer and religious poet born in England.
Elizabeth Ayton Etheridge was born at Thorpe Hamlet, Norfolk, England, 4 July 1817. Her father was William Ellis Etheridge. In 1849, she married Mr. C. Godwin. She published Songs for the weary, 1865; and Songs amidst Daily Life. Her hymn in collection is "My Saviour, 'mid life's varied scene" (Lent), written while still a girl, and first printed in the Evangelical Magazine, and then in Songs for the Weary, 1865. She died at Stoke Bishop in 26 March 1889.
Anne Steele was an English Baptist hymn writer and essayist. For a full century after her death, she filled a larger place in United States and British hymnals than any other woman.
Caroline Howard Gilman was an American author. Her writing career spanned 70 years and include poems, novels, and essays.
Sarah Fuller Flower Adams was an English poet and hymnwriter, best known for writing the words of the hymn "Nearer, My God, to Thee".
Charlotte Elliott was an English poet, hymn writer, and editor. She is best known by two hymns, "Just As I Am" and "Thy will be done".
Margaret Elizabeth Sangster was an American poet, author, and editor. Her poetry was inspired by family and church themes, and included hymns and sacred texts. She worked in several fields including book reviewing, story writing, and verse making. For a quarter of a century, Sangster was known by the public as a writer, beginning as a writer of verse, and combining later the practical work of a critic and journalist. Much of her writing did not include her name.
Eliza Lee Cabot Follen was an American writer, editor, and abolitionist. In her early life, she contributed various pieces of prose and poetry to papers and magazines. In 1828, she married Prof. Charles Follen, who died on board the Lexington in 1840. During her married life, she published a variety of popular and useful books, all of which were characterized by her Christian piety. Among the works she gave to the press are, Selections from Fénelon, The Well-spent Hour, Words of Truth, The Sceptic, Married Life, Little Songs, Poems, Life of Charles Follen, Twilight Stories, Second Series of Little Songs, as well as a compilation of Home Dramas, and German Fairy Tales. Holding an interest in the religious instruction of the young, she edited, in 1829, the Christian Teacher’s Manual, and, from 1843 to 1850, the Child’s Friend. She died in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1860.
Jane Laurie Borthwick was hymn writer, translator of German hymns and a noble supporter of home and foreign missions. She published under the pseudonym: H. L. L.. Jane Laurie Borthwick is best known for the Hymns from the Land of Luther; her most famous translation today is Be still, my soul and her most known original text is Come, labor on. Like Catherine Winkworth and Frances Cox Henderson, she greatly contributed to English-language hymnody by mediating German hymnody.
Hattie Tyng Griswold was an American author from Massachusetts. She wrote many stories, sketches, and poems. Born in Boston, Griswold relocated with her family to Columbus, Wisconsin, in 1850, where, in the course of time, she married, raised her children, and did much of her work as an author. Her home was a meeting place of many of the notable people of the day, for she had an extensive personal acquaintance with literary and other celebrities. She died in Columbus in 1909.
Caroline Dana Howe was an American writer of prose, poetry, and hymns. Her celebrated song, Leaf by Leaf the Roses Fall, was claimed and used by several different authors, until her authorship was reasserted, the publishers appending her name to all later editions.
Phoebe Hinsdale Brown was the first notable American woman hymnwriter, and the first American woman to write a hymn of wide popularity, "I love to steal awhile away".
Jane Lundie Bonar was a Scottish hymnwriter. Her hymn, "Pass away, earthly joy!", first appeared in 1843 in Songs for the Wilderness. Two years after, it reappeared in The Bible Hymn Book, compiled by her husband, Horatius Bonar, and was reprinted in the United States with other names appended.
Grace Webster Haddock Hinsdale was an American author whose early development of a religious temperament prompted her most successful literary work. Both of her books, Coming to the King: a Book of Daily Devotions for Children and Thinking Aloud, were first published in 1865. She was a contributor for about 30 years to periodicals, principally verses, but also short sketches.
Lady Lucy Whitmore was an English noblewoman and a hymn writer.
Elizabeth Scott Williams Smith was a British-American poet and Christian hymnwriter. Prior to 1750 she had written many hymns; the largest of her known manuscript collections contains ninety of these. The first publication of her hymns was in The Christian's Magazine, edited by William Dodd, 1763. Nineteen of her hymns were given in John Ash and Caleb Evans' baptist Collection, Bristol, 1769, and twenty in John Dobell's New Selection, 1806. Of these, one of the best known is "All hail, Incarnate God".
Dorothy Ann Thrupp was a British psalmist, hymnwriter, and translator. Many of her psalms and hymns, which were published under various pseudonyms, were included in: Friendly Visitor ; Children's Friend ; Selection of Hymns and Poetry for the Use of Infant Schools and Nurseries ; Hymns for the Young ; and Thoughts for the Day. Thrupp was the author of Thoughts for the Day that was published in 1837, and Songs by the Way. In addition to these, her hymns were published in magazines edited by Caroline Fry.
Jeanette Threlfall was an English hymnwriter of the Victorian era and author of other sacred poems. She published Woodsorrel, 1856; The Babe and the Princess, 1864; Sunshine and Shadow, 1873; and two little prose works.
Alice Flowerdew was an English teacher, religious poet and hymnist.
Mary Whitwell Hale was an American teacher, school founder, and hymnwriter, eminent during the first half of the 19th century.
Harriet McEwen Kimball was an American poet, hymnwriter, philanthropist, and hospital co-founder.
Eudora Stone Bumstead was an American poet and hymnwriter. She is remembered as "the children's poet".
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